The Moths of Suffolk
513 Coleophora potentillae, Elisha, 1885

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Rare

Habitats : Fens, ditch margins, rough grassland and open woodland or rides

Flight Period : SIngle-brooded, late June to July

Larval foodplants : Rosaceous herbs or bushes, agrimony (Agrimonia), Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), avens (Geum), brambles (Rubus), especially Dewberry (Rubus caesius). Less often on Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorn (Crataegus), Common Rock-rose (Heliathemum nummularium), Grey Willow (Salix cinerea) and birch (Betula)

Records : Ipswich (N Sherman, & 24.vii.2003)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Listed as non-Suffolk

Wingspan details : Wingspan 8-9.5mm


Confusion species
    AdultColeophora ahenella

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Larval case on bramble (Rubus) - Beccles, Suffolk (16.x.2010) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Old mines showing case excisions on lower surface of leaf - Beccles, Suffolk (16.x.2010) © A Prichard